IANTD's mission is to explore the opportunities and challenges of Recreational Diving, which includes all forms of Sport Diving, Nitrox, Advanced and Technical diving, in order to foster openness and individual responsibility, and to provide a standard of care for instruction in the diving community. IANTD and its members strive to be honest, ethical and fair in all our venues. We also believe that there are universal principles that are more absolute. We try to live by them. We envision our mission activities in the following areas:

Public Awareness and Advocacy

IANTD is working to promote openness in the diving community; to share procedures, techniques and operational methods with divers seeking to expand their diving experiences. In the interest of safer diving we encourage freedom with discipline allowing for development of new methods and procedures but recognizing the need for an accepted safety envelope. IANTD will stay informed on diving developments and include them in its diving activities.

Safer Diver Program

IANTD believes individual diver responsibilities are developed through rigorous skill refinement and experience in the water. Vigorous instruction with a strong student / Instructor relationship, enhancing a transfer of the diving responsibility to the student, is the essence of our teaching philosophy.

Program development and Refinement

IANTD has developed Programs to increase diving knowledge and skill levels. We will continue refining these Programs, based on reports from Instructors in the field, to improve and strengthen their value to our membership. We will continue to develop a set of core values that apply to sport and technical diving. IANTD Standards and Procedures have been developed and have evolved to allow worldwide recognition of skill and knowledge at each qualification level addressed by IANTD.

Fostering community

Much of the work IANTD has done has been directed at fostering a sense of community in the diving world. The diving community, by virtue of its size, needs internal cooperation to prosper and grow; anything less is counter-productive.